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Old April 18th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Question Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

How serious are people in the US & elsewhere in the west about prevention of use of cellphones at gas stations? Is it normal to talk or attend to calls on your cellphone at gas stations?

Here in India, though most petrol bunks have signs indicating “No Smoking” & “No cellphone usage”, people do follow the former warning seriously, but not the latter. Here at fuelling stations, it common to see people sometimes even fuelling attendants talking away on their respective phones, oblivious about their presence in a potentially unsafe place.

So is it a fact or a myth that use of cellphones at gas stations is dangerous & should not be permitted? If dangerous, then how severe are the probabilities of a fire accident?
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Old April 18th, 2006, 10:30 AM
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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

I have not come across of any report saying that cellphones can cause fire accidents. If indeed they can, why not the ignition spark of a automobile

Cellphone don't even cause a spark right?
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Cool dude has a spakable cell phone ......


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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

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I have not come across of any report saying that cellphones can cause fire accidents. If indeed they can, why not the ignition spark of a automobile

Cellphone don't even cause a spark right?
I would prefer to assume that it is to avoid accidental spillage of gasoline due to distracted cell phone user
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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

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Here in India, though most petrol bunks have signs indicating “No Smoking” & “No cellphone usage”, people do follow the former warning seriously, but not the latter.
for those who dont know....petrol bunk is a typical b'lore term for petrol pump or gas station...check out this article...
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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

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I would prefer to assume that it is to avoid accidental spillage of gasoline due to distracted cell phone user
Now there's one man who really thinks otherwise.
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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/...in617547.shtml
Later investigation showed that this had to do with build up of static electricity, rather than actual cell phone radiation. Static electricity has been known to cause gas station fires in the past. The Mythbusters show did tackle this question in one episode.

By the way, a lot of these accidents are supposedly caused by relatively well off fashionable women. Why? Because they wear nylon pantyhose that generally rubs against each other and cotton dresses/car seats and builds static. Also, if they have big fingernails, they don't usually touch the body of the car to close the door or whatever. If you touch the body of the car with your hand, you safely discharge all your static to the ground, but during cold weather or with long nails, they don't do this.

In India, static electricity is rarely a problem (at least in the south), which is why they probably haven't seen it yet. Anyway, why tempt fate.

So, when getting out the car to fill gas, always touch the body of your car with your bare hand, to discharge static.
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GNR's explanation is nicely demonstrated in the video below. It also busts all the myths on the subject:

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Re: Usage of Cellphones at fuelling stations

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GNR's explanation is nicely demonstrated in the video below. It also busts all the myths on the subject:

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Good one .. mythbusters covered it as well. Great show !!
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